Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DA nominates Joe Seramane as Presidential candidate

By Mikhaila Crowie
23 September 2008

The Democratic Alliance intends to nominate Federal Chairperson, Joe Seramane as a likely candidate for President on Thursday.

The DA believes Seramane has the vision and wisdom to lead.

The DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko says Seramane draws on a long history of politial activism and leadership.

“Joe Seramane has served his country with distinction throughout his life and made great sacrifices for the attainment of a non-racial, democratic South Africa.”

He was imprisoned on Robben Island from 1963 to 1969, before being ‘deported’ to the former homeland of Bophuthatswana.

He was detained without trial between 1976 and 1978, and again on several occasions between 1982 and 1984.

He joined the Democratic Party in 1994, conscious of the need for a strong opposition party to consolidate democracy in South Africa, and has served as a Member of the National Assembly since 1999.

He was elected Federal Chairperson of the DP in March 2000, and became the founding chairperson of the Democratic Alliance on its formation.

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